It’s something of a ritual by now. The latest entry in a major franchise arrives, but the people behind the film aren’t talking about it. Instead, they’ve already moved on to the next movie, the hypothetical sequel that only exists in a few conversations and on a cocktail napkin or two. The intention is obvious enough: “Go see this one so we can make the next one!”
This currently applies to Star Trek Beyond, which has received overwhelmingly positive praise from critics (our own Ethan Anderton gave it high marks) but isn’t a surefire smash hit. It’s no wonder producer J.J. Abrams is already singing the praises of the recently announced Star Trek 4 – this is a game of confidence and of properly setting expectations and promising that if you go see this one, you’ll get more Chris Hemsworth in the follow-up.
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UPDATE: Paramount has officially announced that a fourth Star Trek movie is in development and that yes, it will somehow find a way to bring Chris Hemsworth’s George Kirk into the fold. Time travel has played a major role throughout Star Trek‘s 50-year history (heck, it played a major role in the mere existence of these newest movies), so this unlikely reunion is perfectly in line with what has come before. No director is attached yet, but J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are writing the screenplay. The entire cast is expected to return minus Chekhov, who will be retired from the Enterprise crew following the tragic death of Anton Yelchin. The original article follows below.
We’re still a few days from seeing Star Trek Beyond premiere at San Diego Comic-Con, followed by hitting theaters everywhere late next week (or a bit earlier if you head to the Star Trek marathon at AMC Theatres). While the early buzz is pretty stellar, most of us are still in the dark about what happens in the movie, but now we’re all on even footing when it comes to knowing something about Star Trek 4.
One thing we’ve seen in the trailers for Star Trek Beyond is a hint that Captain Kirk’s arc in the movie is about doing more than living up to the legacy of his heroic father George Kirk, played by Chris Hemsworth before he became Thor, who died in the opening of the 2009 reboot from J.J. Abrams just after Kirk was born. Therefore, it only makes sense that news of the return of Chris Hemsworth to the franchise comes from Abrams as well. Find out more after the jump. Read More »
Paramount would like you to boldly go where you have already gone before: back to your local multiplex for another Star Trek movie. As Justin Lin‘s Star Trek Beyond sails toward its summer 2016 release, the studio is reportedly getting its ducks in a row for Star Trek 4, as the next next installment of the sci-fi saga will be referred to for the time being. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
As cameras roll on Star Trek 3, Paramount is looking ahead to Star Trek 4. The studio has reportedly signed leads Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto for the next installment of its sci-fi franchise, which we are just going to assume will be titled Star Trek 4ever until Paramount says otherwise. (Star Trek 4eva would also be acceptable). More details on the Star Trek 4 cast deals after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s been a big week for Star Trek Into Darkness news, and it’s still not over. We’ve rounded up a few more updates after the jump:
- Benedict Cumberbatch continues to insist he’s not Khan
- … but Zachary Quinto may have let that detail slip
- Alex Kurtzman talks villains, Damon Lindelof discusses 3D
- Over 40 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness will be in IMAX
- The stars discuss whether they’ll be back for Star Trek 4 and beyond
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